We LOVE our BAG IT Partners

We are so fortunate to have these organizations assist us as we Educate, Support and Empower cancer patients, caregivers and advocates.

Roche Tissue Diagnostics (RTD) has been a BAG IT sponsor since 2004. Founded by University of Arizona pathologist Dr. Thomas Grogan in 1985 and located in Oro Valley, RTD is a leader and innovator of tissue-based diagnostic solutions for patients worldwide. The company is committed to its mission of improving the lives of all patients afflicted with cancer.



In addition to sponsoring our annual Take a Hike for BAG IT since its inception in 2004 and the ESCAPE to Thrive Leadership Conference for cancer advocates, RTD also supports BAG IT by:

  • Participating in Roche Gives Back – an employee giving program in which employees can choose to make one-time or recurring payroll deductions to BAG IT. Whatever employees give, Roche will match at 100 percent until the employee has met their annual cap.
  • Encouraging volunteer participation through the company’s summer intern community service program.
  • Distributing BAG IT bags to employees/families diagnosed with cancer through RTD’s occupational
    health office.
  • Providing DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS! RTD employees participate in our annual hike, writing thank you notes, serving as ambassadors in the community and more.

Roche Tissue Diagnostics is a strong Bag IT supporter as we strive to Educate, Support and Empower those with cancer. The dedication, enthusiasm and efforts of the RTD team are greatly appreciated by BAG IT and we thank you for all you do to help Fight the Fear of Cancer!

 


Eisai has been a great friend of BAG IT for over eight years! Eisai is a global pharmaceutical company addressing unmet medical needs. Eisai is committed to making contributions to better healthcare for patients and their families around the world through its business activities. When we were developing the concept for our national ESCAPE to Thrive Leadership Conference for Cancer Advocates, Eisai believed in our vision and stepped up as the Founding Sponsor to help us launch the program. Since then, they continue to be our Presenting Sponsor and feel deeply committed to our efforts to help other cancer advocates across the country.  Teresa Cronin, Eisai’s Corporate Advocacy Director, put it this way:

“I heard from many participants that most patient conferences are running around to sessions, meetings and social media activities.  This conference actually allows patient advocates to restore balance in their lives, reinvigorate their passion for advocacy while getting important updates on latest trends in healthcare. It also reminds patient advocates to take care of their own wellbeing in order to continue their important work in patient advocacy.  As a sponsor I am always amazed at the transformation you see over the conference.”

Thank you, Eisai, for your dedication to ESCAPE to Thrive and improving patient care through advocates.

To find out more about Eisai and their contributions to patient care click here

To read more about ESCAPE to Thrive click here

 


Since BAG IT’s launch in 2003, Arizona Oncology has played an important role in supporting
our efforts:
  • Arizona Oncology medical providers and staff across Arizona offer cancer patients and families a BAG IT bag at their first office visit as part of their focus on providing excellent, comprehensive oncology care. They know that BAG IT will help their patients cope with their diagnosis and treatment and encourage them to be part of their care team.
  • Arizona Oncology supports BAG IT with donations and event sponsorships to assist us in providing BAG IT to their patients.
  • Dr. Donald Brooks of Arizona Oncology offered his time and expertise as a Founding Board member and has remained dedicated to BAG IT as a Board member since 2003.
Our partnership with Arizona Oncology has remained vibrant for 15 years. They are an oncology practice that truly cares about community, patients, and families.

 


 

 

 

We want to extend our thanks to two fabulous partners that help us Fight the Fear! Both of these locally owned businesses are partners, supporters and advocates of BAG IT and make a huge difference in our operations.

Xcel Delivery Services started delivering BAG IT bags in Tucson in 2013. Xcel is your one stop solution for logistics, warehousing and distribution needs and BAG IT benefits from all of them. Their team stores materials for us and delivers BAG IT bags to the medical providers across Tucson. As with many, cancer hits home for Mark and Kelly and they kindly provide these services for us. Their caring hearts and friendly service have been a blessing to BAG IT from day one and we are fortunate to have them as a partner.

 

Arizona Lithographers is another Tucson community partner and they have supported BAG IT since 2011.  AZ Litho has over 65 years of leadership experience in the printing industry and provides a variety of high-quality print materials. As BAG IT prints the materials in the binder we needed someone local who could support our demands. AZ Litho has been fantastic in the quality of the publications, meeting timelines and providing feedback in a timely manner. AZ Litho also helps to provide the best price and assists with the printing costs of our annual Take a Hike for BAG IT fundraiser. The team is kind, attentive and supportive and we are thankful to have them as a partner.

 


 

 

 

 

We are ecstatic to once again be a beneficiary of Epic Rides 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo presented by Tucson Medical Center this coming weekend. BAG IT has benefited from
this incredible 24 Hour single track mountain bike event for six years.

Epic Rides provides mountain biking events that are popular because they offer challenging, fun riding and emphasize the joy and camaraderie inherent in the sport.

Here’s to the incredible individuals who make #24HOP, the Off-Road Series and the Tour of the White Mountains events happen to the dynamic participants and spectators who enjoy the great outdoors! we are thrilled to partner with them all.

 

 

Epic Rides and the participants support BAG IT through their:

  • Participation registration in the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo event
  • Visits to the BAG IT tent to get updated information on coping with cancer
  • Signing our “in honor of” and “in memory of” signs for those impacted by cancer
  • Making individual donations at our booth on race day


To all of those who are riding in #24Hop and the entire Epic Rides team we thank you for your support and helping to Fight the Fear of Cancer! 

Volunteers are still needed to help with the event this weekend so sign up here to support the fun.


 

 

 

 

Tucson Medical Center is a long-time partner and advocate of BAG IT. The TMC Foundation has been providing financial support to BAG IT since 2005 and Tucson Medical Center has been providing BAG IT bags to patients since 2006. Their mission to educate and promote health, wellness and safety throughout Southern Arizona is evident in the many programs they offer, including providing BAG IT bags.

TMC is an advocate for BAG IT and provides numerous opportunities to ensure that individuals are receiving the tools needed to help them cope with a cancer diagnosis.

  • BAG IT provides training to all new nurses so they have an understanding of the BAG IT bag and know that it is available throughout the TMC campus.
  • BAG IT participates in TMC events including Survive Well and Philanthropy Day
  • Many individuals at TMC, including nurse navigators and social workers consider the BAG IT bag to be one of their main resource tools for patient education.

Thank you to the dynamic team at Tucson Medical Center and the TMC Foundation for advocating for individuals with cancer and all that you do to support BAG IT and the Tucson Community.

Thank you from BAG IT!

We put together this video as a thank you to our many supporters. We couldn’t Fight the Fear without you! Click to watch the video.

How do BAG IT Volunteers make a difference?

Volunteers are a valuable part of any nonprofit and BAG IT is fortunate to have some wonderful individuals who take time out of their busy lives to volunteer and support us on a regular basis.  We appreciate that you share your skills, talents, time and heart for BAG IT!

How do BAG IT Volunteers make a difference?  They . . .

  • Make chemo caps
  • Write thank you notes
  • Help with inventory
  • Serve as Ambassadors in the community
  • Make up our Board of Directors
  • Help with our fundraising events (Take a Hike in Tucson and Be There in Phoenix)
  • Assist with our bookkeeping
  • Take pictures
  • Provide Spanish translations

For some people volunteering is about giving, but for the likes of our volunteers it is a way
of living.

What our volunteers have to say:

“When I was introduced to Bag It, by a co-worker, I was looking for a way to give back. We were relatively new to Tucson and had lost quite a few family members and close friends to all types of cancer. . I feel I get so much more from this Organization than I give. Every year that goes by I meet new people, get to reconnect with old friends, but most importantly, I am surrounded by such a positive, uplifting bunch of people no matter what the Event. This will be my 10th year volunteering with BAG IT and I am honored they let me keep coming back!” – Anne

“I volunteer at BAG IT because I love seeing the smiles on patients when they share how our “BAG ITs” have touched their lives and helped them in this most trying time. So being at a booth and spreading the word on all we do, makes me feel connected to our community and part of something amazing.” – Jacque

“While everyone is so busy these days, it’s important to remember that people are in need and appreciate your help.”  – Stan

Thank you for being a Volunteer!  – Sherri, Joyce, Mindy & Annettra

Shout Out to the Radiology Ltd. Community

What a wonderful show of support from the Radiology Ltd. community in Tucson.

I attended my first BAG IT event on Friday, July 28, at the Radiology Ltd. located at Carondelet. They held two Bake Sales/Root Beer Float fundraisers in July with 100% of the collected proceeds going directly to BAG IT.  What could be better than root beer floats on a hot Tucson day!

I was very impressed with Guest Services Representative Nadia Jimenez.  She enthusiastically coordinated more than 10 coworkers to donate cash, baked or bought goodies and Pepsi Co. to donate the rootbeer to ensure that more dollars could benefit BAG IT!  Together with Professional Relations Representative Laura De La Torre, they invited staff and patients to stop by to choose an afternoon goodie or take them up on their offer of a root beer float made to order, dropping in a donation to help support BAG IT!

Our information table was visited by many people that stopped to learn more about how BAG IT helps newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families Fight The Fear of cancer.  Several who had received a bag from their doctor shared how helpful it was to them personally.

What a fun and easy way for an office group to support BAG IT and expose others to BAG IT and the great work we do!  Thank you to Radiology Ltd. for their ongoing support of BAG IT.  We appreciate you! And thanks to BAG IT volunteer Natalie Ireland for helping to make the event a success.

If you are interested in holding an event to support BAG IT please contact our Volunteer & Event Coordinator, Lisa, at lisa@bagit4u.org to set something up today.  Every little bit helps us continue to provide the BAG IT resource bag at no charge to patients to help Educate, Support & Empower them on a difficult journey.

Announcing BAG IT’s New Executive Director

Effective May 1, 2017 the BAG IT Board of Directors has named Mindy Griffith as the new Executive Director.

Founder Sherri Romanoski will take on the new role of Senior Advisor for the organization. She plans to spend more time with her 5 adorable grandkids, family and friends. “It feels right for my path to take a new direction. I remain passionate about our mission and will continue to support BAG IT in this new role going forward,” said Sherri.

“The Board, the staff, and myself – are extremely supportive of Mindy Griffith as our new Executive Director,” said Sherri. “Mindy has been the Volunteer & Event Coordinator with BAG IT for over a year and has proven her dedication to our mission along with strong leadership skills. She developed our Ambassador program, expanded our Volunteer base, conducted major fundraising events, and assisted in a variety of other capacities.” Mindy’s training and experience as a teacher, school administrator, program coordinator and non-profit board member provide her with the skills, knowledge, and passion to move BAG IT forward.

Mindy has a Master’s Degree in Education from Ohio University and has been engaged in key leadership roles in other Tucson non-profits. We welcome her with open arms as she helps guide BAG IT in Educating, Supporting & Empowering individuals to Fight the Fear!